Fauquier Community Theatre opens new year with “The Lion in Winter”

Fauquier Community Theatre presents the play The Lion in Winter written by James Goldman about an aging King Henry II of England as the “lion” who does not trust any of his sons to succeed him on the throne. Comedic in tone and dramatic in action, sibling rivalry and dungeons set the stage for this story of the Plantagenet family. The Queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine, the wealthiest women in the world, is in prison after raising an army against her husband, King Henry II.  The Washington Post described Goldman’s 1966 script as “filled with intense characters and brilliant banter” and The Los Angeles Times emphasized that the dialogue between characters “is humor that bristles and burns.”

Fauquier Community Theatre’s local cast brings the story of The Lion in Winterto life with much wit and zest. No doubt audiences will delight in learning about the complicated lives of King Henry II (played by Michael Mehaffey); Queen Eleanor, Henry’s wife (Lisa Bailey); Richard Lionheart, the eldest son (Gregory Leggott); Geoffrey, the middle son (Justin Moreland); John, the youngest son (Richard Padilla); Philip, King of France (Stephen Hyland); and Alais, a French Princess (Kelsey Moran).  Be ready for the inner conflicts of the royal family as they fight over both a kingdom and King Henry’s paramour in 1183. As Queen Eleanor says, “Every family has its ‘ups and downs,’ and the royal family is no exception!”

The play appeals to several generations of theatre goers. The Lion in Winter has been coined by some as the “original Game of Thrones” and the film version in 1968 won three Academy Awards, including one for Kathryn Hepburn as Best Actress. Fauquier Community Theatre’s production of The Lion in Winter is directed by Charles DeLong, sponsored by Centerview Title Group, and presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. The nine performances of the play will be held at the Vint Hill Theater on the Green, located at 4225 Aiken Drive, Warrenton from January 25, 2019 – February 10. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 pm, and Sunday matinees are at 2 pm. Tickets are $15 for students and seniors, and $17 for adults. Reserved seating is available online at www.FCTstage.org or by calling 540-349-8760. Early reservations are highly recommended for best seating preferences.

Founded in 1978, Fauquier Community Theatre (FCT) enriches and entertains a wide range of audiences through a variety of live productions that enhance the cultural life of the community. Cultivating an appreciation of the performing arts, FCT offers quality performances, educates through experience, participates in community activities, and partners with other groups. FCT is supported in part by Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment of the Arts.

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